Top 10 Pilgrimage Sites In India You Need To Visit In 2024

Waquar Habib

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Varanasi, or Kashi, is an ancient city on the Ganges River known for its spiritual atmosphere, ghats, and temples. Travellers must visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Dashashwamedh Ghat, Sarnath, and Ganga Aarti. The best time to visit is between October and March.

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Velankanni, Tamil Nadu

Velankanni is a town in the Nagapattinam district. This Gothic-style church, Basilica of Our Lady of Health, is a renowned Christian pilgrimage site and a shrine. Travellers can marvel at the magnificent site of reverence as well as enjoy the serene locales.

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Golden Temple, Punjab

Golden Temple is the holiest site in Sikhism. The Amrit Sarovar surrounds it and offers major attractions like Akal Takht and Langar (community kitchen). The best time to visit is October to March.

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Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh

Tirupati is a Hindu pilgrimage site known for the Venkateswara Temple atop the Tirumala Hills. Other attractions include Akasaganga Teertham and Silathoranam. The best time to visit is from September to March.

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Bodh Gaya, Bihar

Bodh Gaya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment. The Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhi Tree, and Great Buddha Statue are significant attractions. Visit between October and March.

Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya | Shutterstock

Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu

Rameswaram is a sacred island town known for its temples. Significant attractions include Ramanathaswamy Temple, Agni Theertham, and Dhanushkodi. The best time to visit is between October to April.

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Shirdi, Maharashtra

Shirdi is a renowned pilgrimage site associated with Sai Baba, a saint. Pilgrims visit the Shirdi Sai Baba Temple to seek spiritual blessings and solace.

Shirdi, Maharashtra | Shutterstock

Kedarnath, Uttarakhand

Kedarnath is a sacred town in the Himalayas, known for its Kedarnath Temple. Other attractions include Vasuki Tal and Chorabari Tal. The best time to visit is from May to June and September to October.

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Ajmer Sharif, Rajasthan

Ajmer Sharif is a famous shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, visited by pilgrims of all religions, featuring Dargah Sharif, Ana Sagar Lake, and Akbari Fort. The best time to visit is October to March.

Shrine of the saint Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer | Shutterstock

Dwarka, Gujarat

Dwarka is an ancient city linked to Lord Krishna. The main attractions are the Dwarkadhish Temple, Nageshwar Jyotirlinga, and Rukmini Devi Temple. The best time to visit is October to March.

Shree Dwarkadhish Krishna Temple, Dwarka | Shutterstock

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